A few months ago, I bought canned black beans for 50 cents (Fred Meyer has this price regularly).
I also found canned roasted tomatoes with garlic at Grocery Outlet for 50 cents.
On Monday, I bought Imagine Chicken Broth at QFC for 50 cents (on sale with a coupon).
Today... I made this recipe for Turkey and Black Bean Chili. Do you remember how I said to thin out the soup so you can feed more people? I doubled the recipe on everything except the meat and I added chicken broth.
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This huge pot of chili cost me around $7 (2.50 turkey + 1 beans + 2 tomatoes + .50 green chilies instead of green peppers + .50 broth + onions and spices*).
Now, if this was just lunch, that's an expensive lunch. However, this pot of chili will feed my family of 6 lunch today, dinner today, and there will still be leftovers to put in old peanut butter jars to go into the freezer for the next time we're sick and can't cook. (And if we weren't still sick, we'd share some with the neighbors, or one of you, Dear Readers) This is at least 4 meals for $7... that's $1.75 per meal or 35 cents per person per meal (since Joel doesn't really count). Even on sale with a coupon, a "good" can of soup is 70 cents and doesn't taste nearly as good as what is simmering on my cooktop right now.
*There are some odd spices in this one that make this chili particularly yummy. I buy them at WinCo in bulk so they're cheaper than dirt (if you've ever priced silica sand you know what I mean ;) ).